Monthly Archives: October 2013

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: Cooking and the climate

You’re likely reading this blog because you care about global climate change. And like most people, you probably enjoy cooking a meal or dining out at a restaurant with family and friends.

Did you ever stop to think that the seemingly simple act of cooking is one of the greatest contributors to negative health and environmental impacts in the world?

It’s true.

About 3 billion people rely on solid fuels to cook their daily meal. When burned, fuels like wood, charcoal, coal – even animal dung – create a hazardous smoke that leads to heart and lung diseases, cancers, cataracts, burns, and other impacts that claim 4 million lives annually.

That household air pollution (HAP) doesn’t just stay indoors, however. It escapes into communities: half a million of the estimated 4 million annual deaths happen outside the home. The smoke also gets swept up in global winds and weather patterns, and becomes part of the atmosphere. By one estimate, 25% of black carbon emissions in the atmosphere – a major contributor to climate change – come from the residential cooking sector.

Back on earth, the overuse of wood fuel can put women and children in harm’s way and wreak havoc on the environment. Trekking long distances – particularly in conflict, disaster, or rural areas – subjects women and children to risks such as exposure, human and animal attack, and injury. And the gathering of such wood can destabilize communities by exacerbating the impacts of inclement weather and eroding soil quality.

Access to clean, safe, efficient and affordable cookstoves and fuels, therefore, is one of the most pressing global development needs of our time. And it is under that remit that the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves formed in 2010 with a mission to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment through the creation of a global market for clean cooking solutions.

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Photo Credit: Romana Manpreet

The Alliance works with more than 800 public, private and nonprofit sector partners across 6 continents in areas such as research, financing, investment, advocacy, standards and testing, market development, gender and humanitarian affairs, livelihood enhancement, and more.

A partnership with an organization like ClimateCare makes strategic and practical sense: they are focused on achieving a cleaner and more sustainable environment and improving people’s lives. They specialize in mobilizing and leveraging private capital for projects to achieve this, and led creation of the methodology that first made carbon finance for clean cookstove projects possible.

The Alliance supports the use of the carbon market as a way to finance cookstove projects to the benefit of investors, businesses, and consumers alike, and working closely with ClimateCare in this regard is tremendously important for the Alliance, too.

With half the world’s population still cooking as their ancestors have done since the beginning of human history, the Alliance has its work cut out for it. But we believe our ambitious goal of 100 million households adopting clean cooking solutions by 2020 is quite achievable, and we hope that you and your organization will join our cause to build a world in which cooking does not kill.

Sean Bartlett is the senior communications officer for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. He can be reached at sbartlett@cleancookstoves.org.

 

 

Win a signed copy of Jonathon Porritt’s new book – ‘The World We Made’

This competition is now closed

 

“So here’s the truth of it: pretty much all the answers that we need to set us on a path to a genuinely sustainable world already exist. The future’s already with us; it’s just not being deployed.

The World We Made is my response to that collective idiocy. Do what we know has to be done now, not when it’s too late.

All of us at Forum for the Future share this sense of urgency with ClimateCare – our offset partners for many years. Every organisation should be working hard to reduce its emission of greenhouse gases, just as fast as possible, but it’s impossible for organisations to become carbon neutral without incorporating creative, progressing offsetting into their carbon management strategies.

The debate in the UK about the value of offsetting is woefully inadequate – we should all be working together to get offsetting done well right up the agenda.”

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The World We Made Jonathon Porritt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Jonathon Porritt’s book dreams big, as if our future depends on it. And it does.’ Richard Branson

 

‘I am absolutely bowled over by the brilliance of The World We Made. Its far-sightedness and complete grasp of all the challenges the world is going to face is one thing; to write this charming, easy, accessible, optimistic vision, is really something else.’ Joanna Lumley

How to enter

1. Browse the inspirational Climate and Development projects on our website.

2. Click through to our survey. Vote for your favourite project and tell us what you’d like to see us involved with in future.

3. Submit your survey to enter our prize draw and the chance to win a signed copy of Jonathon Porritt’s new book – the World We Made, worth £24.95We have 10 copies to give away.

Entries close at midnight on 17 November 2013.

 

 

Prize Draw Rules

1. Entry to the competition is restricted to one entry per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified.

2. Automated entries, bulk entries or third party entries will be disqualified.

3. The competition will run until midnight on 17 November 2013.

4. The draw will take place on 22 November 2013.

5. Winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries.

6. Winners will be contacted via email addresses provided before 30 November 2013

7. The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.

8. We will not pass on your details to any third party.

Measuring the social impact of carbon offsetting

In Green Futures Magazine today, Ian Randall writes about our work with Aviva to measure the social impact of their carbon offset activity using the LBG methodology.

Read the full article on the Green Futures website.

If you’d like to report on more than the carbon reductions you fund through your offset programme, call us on +44 (0)1865 591000 or email business@climatecare.org

We can help you deliver measurable value for people and the environment.

 

 

 

Jaguar Land Rover: Partnership power and innovation to maximise impact

“Working together with innovators and experts at ClimateCare has helped us think differently about the best way to meet our sustainability targets. ClimateCare ensure we invest our budget in projects that deliver robust and tangible results and we are excited about the potential of this type of collaboration for driving significant and meaningful change as we work towards a more sustainable future.”

Fran Leedham, Head of Environment and Sustainability, Jaguar Land Rover

 

THE CHALLENGE

Jaguar Land Rover has always taken its responsibility to people and the environment seriously. The company was awarded BITC Responsible Business of the Year 2013 for its innovative, consistent approach to responsible business throughout a global operation. One small but essential part of this strategy is to ensure that the UK manufacturing assembly of both the Jaguar and Land Rover fleet remains carbon neutral. Simple offsetting of carbon emissions may be enough for some car manufacturers, but Jaguar Land Rover wanted to look at innovative ways to make their investment do more.

 

THE SOLUTION

Taking an open minded approach to addressing this challenge, meant Jaguar Land Rover was able to collaborate for long term, maximum effect. Working with ClimateCare, and drawing on its expertise in the development and delivery of integrated projects that both protect the environment and improve people’s lives, Jaguar Land Rover have been able to achieve some astonishing results.

 

THE IMPACT

Working together with ClimateCare and its network of partners, Jaguar Land Rover has so far improved the lives of 2 million people, as well as offsetting more than 10 million tonnes of CO2.

It has done this by supporting integrated Climate and Development projects. For example, according to the UN’s Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, smoke from open fires or rudimentary cookstoves kills 1 person every 16 seconds – that’s 4 million deaths a year.  Jaguar Land Rover has improved the lives of 1.3 million people through provision of clean and efficient cookstoves. These stoves use less fuel, saving families money and reducing carbon emissions as well as reducing the toxic fumes that cause health problems.

Jaguar Land Rover has also supported the award winning LifeStraw Carbon for Water project, which cuts carbon by providing families with simple water filters, so they no longer need to boil water on wood fires in order to make it safe. This year, by offsetting manufacturing emissions with this project, Jaguar Land Rover funded provision of safe water to the entire Busia region of Western Kenya. That’s more than 700,000 people who now have safe water to drink and reduced exposure to waterborne diseases.

In addition by supporting 49 renewable energy projects, Jaguar Land Rover has funded the generation of 7.4 million MWh or clean energy, enough to power London for 49 days. This is not only reducing the use of fossil fuels but providing reliable power to communities, stimulating the local economy and improving life for local residents.

 

CLIMATECARE’S ROLE

ClimateCare has both helped develop new projects for Jaguar Land Rover and engage them with existing partners to scale up activity and deliver more than they could do alone. Ensuring results can be measured means Jaguar Land Rover can confidently communicate its achievements, demonstrate value for its investment and importantly set the right targets alongside its future growth plans.

Read this press release about how Jaguar Land Rover is collaborating with ClimateCare to help create opportunities for 12 million people around the world by 2020.

> Watch these great video clips that highlight the difference Jaguar Land Rover support is making in Busia, Western Kenya, where it has supported an entire region of the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project.

> Read this article in Green Futures about how how Jaguar Land Rover will make smart use of carbon finance to help meet its new target.

Swedish Energy Agency works with ClimateCare to tackle climate change and improve lives

Climate and development expert, ClimateCare, is delighted to announce the signing of an agreement with the Swedish Energy Agency (SEA) that will not only be used to help Sweden fulfil its national target for reducing emissions  but will improve the lives of people in local communities.

Over the coming years, as part of its CER Purchase Programme, the Swedish Energy Agency will purchase 500,000 Certified Emissions Reductions from ClimateCare’s improved cooking stove project in Ghana, developed jointly with global investor BioCarbon Group and local partner CookClean Ltd.

ClimateCare structured the finance and, alongside BioCarbon, invested in this locally driven Ghanaian business. CookClean now manufactures an advanced yet affordable model of highly efficient charcoal burning stove in Accra and sells them to households nationwide.

ClimateCare funded the first ever cooking stoves through carbon finance in 2003 and registered the Ghana Programme with the United Nations in 2012. Tom Morton, Director of ClimateCare said, “Having delivered over 2.5 million Emissions Reductions already from our stoves projects, we are delighted to continue to prove the model of well managed and efficiently run projects, that deliver both Climate and Development impacts, can be made to work under the Clean Development Mechanism. The work that we did to write the first recognised methodology for cooking stoves eight years ago, continues to pay dividends for the climate as well as for those communities and households who have directly benefitted. In these days of troubled mainstream carbon markets, ClimateCare continues to develop innovative ways of structuring finance for projects such as these.”

Christian Sommer from the Swedish Energy Agency said, “The Swedish Government is committed to purchasing CERs from projects that have measurable outcomes for their host communities and where a fair carbon price is central to the project’s success. Having analysed a large number of efficient cooking stove projects, we are delighted to sign this first transaction with ClimateCare”

Johannes Ebeling from BioCarbon said, “We are pleased to be investing in a project that will deliver health and environmental benefits at a meaningful scale by making highly efficient stoves available to households in Ghana. The project is an excellent demonstration of how carbon markets can deliver both emissions reductions and sustainable development outcomes while supporting transformational local enterprise, which is what we aim for in all of our investments. We are pleased that the SEA recognises the exceptional social value created by the project through this important performance-based carbon purchase.”

 

Notes to editors

ClimateCare

ClimateCare mobilises the power and scale of private finance to deliver projects with positive environmental and social impacts around the world. We combine the vision of a social enterprise and the commercial experience of an investment bank. Leveraging mainstream funding, we profitably deliver some of the largest, most successful corporate sustainability initiatives in the world.

From offices in Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific we help many of the world’s leading brands, organisations and governments scale up the impact of their initiatives. By investing their resources in projects that directly combat climate change and poverty, improve health and increase community welfare, we build better futures for millions of people around the world.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org

 

The Swedish Energy Agency

The Swedish Energy Agency is responsible for the governmental CDM programme in Sweden. The Agency has been active since 2002 in participating in CDM and JI projects and acquiring emission reduction credits.The programme is focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and aims at a broad geographical distribution of CDM projects, including Africa and Least Developed Countries. At present, the Agency is engaged in over 70 projects and participates in seven multilateral CDM and JI funds, through which the Agency supports around 130 additional projects.

BioCarbon

BioCarbon Group Pte Ltd is a leading international investor in land based carbon mitigation and avoidance activities that offer transformational environmental and development benefits. With projects located in Africa, Asia, Australia and South America, BioCarbon partners with experienced local project partners. Its shareholders include Global Forest Partners LP, the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Macquarie Bank.

CookClean Limited

This project has the potential to decrease 1 million tonnes of CO2.and help take pressure off vulnerable native forests, which remain the main source of cooking fuel in Ghana.

The Programme of Activities has secured international investment from ClimateCare and BioCarbon Group Pte Ltd with production and sales of stoves getting off the ground late last year. The initial CPAs are in Ghana, managed by CookClean Limited

“Improved cook-stoves offer significant reductions in carbon emissions as well as transformational health benefits and conservation of highly threatened forests. BioCarbon is pleased to be working with ClimateCare on this project, which will make a real difference to people’s lives. We believe that this project can showcase the value of private sector investment in pro-development climate change mitigation efforts.” said Johannes Ebeling of BioCarbon, investor in land based carbon mitigation and avoidance projects globally.

The project has been validated under the Clean Development Mechanism and will be accredited for reductions of emissions recognised under the Kyoto Protocol. The project will also reduce ‘black carbon’, or soot, increasingly recognised as a key contributor to climate change.

Equally important are the positive impacts these clean cookstove projects will bring to families: improving disposable incomes by halving fuel requirements and reducing indoor air pollution – the fourth biggest health risk in the developing world.

ClimateCare will use this first project under the Programme of Activities to quantify health improvements, as it continues work to generate results based payments for the verified development outcomes of its Climate and Development projects.

“We have always specialised in projects that deliver both Climate and Development outcomes” explains Tom Morton, ClimateCare Director.

UNFCCC

Further details about this Programme of Activities can be found on the UNFCCC website:  https://cdm.unfccc.int/ProgrammeOfActivities/poa_db/V7A06W39LCRF4X8P1BGIJDUEKTS5QH/view

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Figure 1: Eager customers purchase a CookMate stove from a company van in an Accra market.

 

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Figure 2: Testing the Cookmate

 

 

Press enquiries

Please contact: Rhiannon Szmigielski, ClimateCare

Tel: +44 (0)1865 591000

Email: rhiannon.szmigielski@climatecare.org

 

Vestergaard: New funding streams for development projects

“Working with ClimateCare made it possible for us to distribute water filters on a significant scale. Without their support to unlock revenue through carbon finance, we would have been unable to realize such significant emissions reductions or improve the lives of millions of people in Western Kenya.”

Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, CEO Vestergaard

 

The challenge

Close to 800 million people in the world lack access to safe drinking water and a major barrier to large scale provision is lack of financing. The UN Human Development Report in 2011 noted that “The financing needed will have to be many times greater than current official development assistance…Closing the financing gap requires innovative thinking.”

 

The solution

The LifeStraw Carbon for Water programme – a unique partnership that unites Vestergaard’s state-of-the-art health expertise and ClimateCare’s Climate and Development knowledge.

Rather than seeking traditional government or aid funding, water filter manufacturer Vestergaard Frandsen funded the project start-up costs and distribution of LifeStraw® Family filters to close to 880,000 residents in rural Kenya. This US$30 million investment was made on the basis of an anticipated return over ten years from carbon financing.

Since its launch in 2011, the programme is already providing safe drinking water to nearly 4.5 million people in Kenya and has reduced carbon emissions by more than two million tonnes in one year.

 

ClimateCare’s role

ClimateCare developed the methodology that made carbon finance for water projects possible. Following this, we worked in partnership with Vestergaard, structuring finance for this world first project. The initial investment was made by Vestergaard and ClimateCare is responsible for the marketing and sale of the resulting carbon credits to international organisations who want to take responsibility for their carbon and water impacts. This generates revenue for the project and return for Vestergaard’s investment.

 

The Impact:

  • LifeStraw Carbon for Water is the first programme to directly link carbon credits with safe drinking water.
  • The programme is the largest household level water treatment project in the developing world to be implemented without government or public sector funding.
  • This financing model overcomes the challenge of sustaining public health programmes with traditional sources of finance, such as aid or grants from public sector or governmental groups with limited resources.
  • The innovative financing mechanism holds public and private sector organisations to greater accountability to ensure maximum impact. The programme links profit intrinsically to performance—a relatively new concept in the aid and public health sectors.
  • LifeStraw Carbon for Water is a scalable model that can be extended or replicated in different settings. The project serves as a blueprint for future initiatives to derive income from both market-based emission reductions and results-based health outcomes – thus providing dual income streams and greater project stability.

Partners:

LifeStraw Carbon for Water is a partnership between Vestergaard and ClimateCare and is accountable to external partners.  It has a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Kenya, and works with the Kenyan Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation as the collaborative implementation partner.  Provincial and district public health officers have been involved in micro-planning, distribution and education campaigns. The Ministry of Education is involved at the provincial and district levels, to establish seminars on water safety for school children.  The National Environmental Management Authority has been a supportive partner.

 

Contact us on +44 (0)1865 591000 to find out how we can help develop funding streams for your project, or for investment opportunities.